Women’s Human Rights: The Promise and the Reality

The CWSE is honoured to announce the 14th Annual Dame Nita Barrow Lecture

Women’s Human Rights: The Promise and the Reality

A World View from Women’s Global and Local Organizing

a lecture with Shanthi Dairiam
Founder and First Executive Director of International Women’s Rights Action Watch-Asia Pacific, Former Expert Member of the United Nations CEDAW Committee

CEDAW (the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) stands out as the primary international legal instrument on which women can draw for the realization of their human rights. However, its impact as a treaty can be maximized only with the active involvement and advocacy of women as rights holders. Drawing on her own extensive experience and research Shanthi Dairiam presents an overview of conceptual and contextual barriers to women’s equality, women’s groundbreaking organizing, and education around CEDAW, nationally and at the United Nations; and trends in the changes achieved around the world.

November 10, 2011, 7pm

Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto
Reception to follow at the OISE Library, 252 Bloor St. West

Free, open to the public, no RSVP necessary

The 14th Annual Dame Nita Barrow Lecture is presented by The Centre for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE) at OISE/UofT, with support from The International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

cwse@utoronto.ca / www.oise.utoronto.ca for more information

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